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Safety Tips for State Rest Stops and Rest Areas

When you are on a long stretch of lonely highway, nothing is quite as welcome as that state rest area. When you are on the road with youngsters, there never seems to be a convenient rest area at the moment the need arises, and by the time you find one, the first thing on your mind may simply be the quickest route to the restroom. However, it’s extremely important to take safety precautions at such rest stops, in order to avoid serious impediment to your continued travel.

~Vehicle Safety

If you are going to leave your vehicle unattended, it is imperative that you lock up. Theft is possible, whether there are many individuals at the area, or none. Before you lock your doors, be certain that your keys are in hand. A lockout in a remote location can be dangerous during extreme temperatures, whether hot, or cold.

It’s better to split the bathroom break up, allowing girls to go together, while the boys wait, and vice versa. In that way, the car is never left alone, making it more difficult for a dishonest individual to take advantage.

~Parking Lot Safety

Children are eager to exit a vehicle, given the chance, and explore. However, an overly eager youngster may wreak havoc, if he doesn’t follow some simple exit rules. Be sure that no child leaves his seat before the vehicle is turned off. Further, do not allow younger children to exit, unless an adult or older sibling is at the door to help. Small children can walk out of a vehicle, and into traffic, or into the path of an unsuspecting motorist who is parking adjacent. Insist that young children hold hands in a parking lot, and stay together.

~Buddy Up

Assign partners to younger children, older siblings who will act as buddies at a rest stop. The older sibling can help keep the younger on track, and keep tabs on his location, and activities.I f you are going to allow the children to stretch their legs and work out some of their grumpiness, it’s important that they do so in pairs, so that no harm comes to a wandering youngster.

It’s important to be aware of your surroundings at a rest area, and to be aware of the people around you. Watch out for tired motorists, who may not see you as you cross the parking lot, and make it a priority to help your youngsters navigate these areas, as well. Insist on young children partnering with older siblings. Make sure that your belongings are secured, and be careful about your keys. A rest stop doesn’t have to be problematic, but a little extra awareness can prevent injuries and loss.